Revisiting Open Science from the Perspective of Ethical Standards

  • Zabta Khan Shinwari Department of Plant Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Ali Talha Khalil Department of Pathology, Lady Reading Hospital (MTI), Peshawar, Pakistan
Keywords: Open science, Replicability, Anonymity, Risks, Benefits


Narrative of open science is becoming popular as the idea of openness relates to the availability, accessibility, transparency and replicability of the scientific data and processes. At the downside, open science, raises several ethical questions. Openness in sensitive data can lead to its misuse by compromising anonymity and confidentiality, or may be used for other nefarious purposes, besides being the costly nature of the open models. Extensive debates and dialogues among the policy experts, scientists and bioethicists in the context of weighing risks vs benefits may help in devising balanced strategies.


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How to Cite
Shinwari, Z. K., & Khalil, A. T. (2020). Revisiting Open Science from the Perspective of Ethical Standards. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: B. Life and Environmental Sciences, 57(2), 1-3. Retrieved from